undocumented workers ” world trade organization protests H u m a n i t i e s

undocumented workers ” world trade organization protests H u m a n i t i e s

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

Danver, S. L. (Ed.). (2011). Revolts, protests, demonstrations, and rebellions in American history: An encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, LLC.
Revolts, Protests, Demonstrations, and Rebellions in American History: An Encyclopedia, by Danver, S. Copyright 2010 by ABC-CLIO INC. Reprinted by permission of ABC-CLIO INC. via the Copyright Clearance Center.

World Trade Organization Protests

Immigration and Undocumented Workers

”World Trade Organization Protests (1999)” (pp. 1121–1128)

”Day Without an Immigrant (2006)” (pp. 1129–1135)

Note: The collection of articles that follows addresses many of the social change issues that have been at the forefront of public interest in the post–9/11 years. Review these resources, then focus on two topics that you will use for this week’s Discussion. These articles may also provide content relevant to your Final Project.

Browne-Marshall, G. (2015, May 9). Did social media bring people to Baltimore riots and protests? Milwaukee Courier.

In this transcript from a CBSN interview, Gloria Browne-Marshall, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, talks about the nature of the riots in Baltimore (2015). Frustration and lack of accountability in the criminal justice system are central themes of these remarks.

This selection addresses social movement theory and climate change, and considers the varied framing processes that are impacting the climate movement.

Editorial Board. (2015, Jul 13). Despite ruling, equality battle far from complete. Portland Press Herald.

The Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage notwithstanding, LGBT Americans still face discrimination in the workplace, the housing market, adoption rights, and access to services, to name but a few issues. This editorial addresses the importance of passing the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

Fraser, M. (2014). The end of the (tea) party? New Labor Forum (Sage Publications Inc.), 23(2), 103-105.

The impact of factions within the Republican Party is the subject of this article that looks at issues separating Tea Party proponents from more centric Republicans.

Greenwell, M. (2009, January 24). A fresh look at how best to get food to 35 million. The Washington Post.

In soup kitchens, food pantries, and universities across the country, activists are planting the seeds for an overhaul of the way America feeds its more than 35 million hungry people, the first major challenge to a system largely developed in the 1960s.

Hnatiw, S. (2014, Apr 8). A plan to make equal pay for women a reality. Morning Call.

What steps can be taken to make sure that every woman receives equal pay for equal work? This article examines the current state of this issue in the United States as well as a game plan for getting equal pay legislation passed.

Kohn, S. (2014, Jan 1). What’s next for gay rights in 2014? The Daily Beast.

While acknowledging recent gay rights successes, author Sally Kohn poses the question, asked more than 20 years ago by activist Urvashi Vaid, “How does a freedom-based movement differ from a rights-based movement?” In this article she focuses on the need for the LGBT movement to adopt inclusive strategies relevant to all.

Obama, B. H. (2015, Jun 24). Remarks at a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender pride month reception. Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1-4.

President Obama addresses LGBT rights, successes, and challenges.

Shor, F. (2015). “Black lives matter”: Constructing a new civil rights and black freedom movement. New Politics, 15(3), 28-32.

Francis Shor, emeritus professor of history at Wayne State University, a member of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights, and an active participant in post-Ferguson demonstrations, addresses the historical ramifications and current relevance of the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

Steiner, S., & Wellendorf, K. (2015, August 30). Life on the edge: A DREAMer’s struggle through immigration. University Wire.

In Iowa, young activists work for immigration reform, with a goal of “putting a face on immigration.”

Graham, D. A. (2015, July 25). Are Americans more pessimistic about race—or more realistic? The Atlantic. Retrieved from

Walden University. (2016b). Social change. Retrieved from

Stein, S. (2015, May 20). The gay rights movement is about to make history. Then what? [Blog post]. HuffPost Politics. Retrieved from Discussion: Social Change Post–9/11

As America entered the new millennium, the tenor and tone of the social change movement evolved. A different kind of immediacy arose, fueled by the speed with which technology could be used to raise awareness within a local community or a global one. Through strategic Internet campaigns, these movements have inspired people in Appalachia to challenge mountaintop removal and residents of Baltimore, Maryland, and Ferguson, Missouri, to protest aggressive policing in their respective communities. Through carefully crafted social media campaigns, hundreds of thousands—even millions—of people could be reached. The “Red Equal Sign for Marriage Equality” is an example. According to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) that launched this online effort prior to the Supreme Court decision, “the images created upward of 10 million impressions. Celebrities, politicians and for-profit companies took up the logo, as well. And then came the memes. Marriage equality officially went viral” (Skarda, 2014).

In preparation for this Discussion:

  • Review the selection of articles and readings provided in this week’s Learning Resources.
  • Focus on two post–9/11 issues that are of particular interest to you. You will address these two issues and corresponding social change movements in this Discussion.
  • Consider the effectiveness of these movements.
  • What opposition did activists face? What, if any, are the global implications of these issues?
  • Consider how technology, particularly the Internet and social media, has been utilized to promote and support these issues.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post 2- to 3-paragraph assessment of the effectiveness of at least two social change movements of the post–9/11 era. In your response, explain the role and effectiveness of technology, specifically the Internet, in mobilizing and promoting social change in these movements. Explain as well, any successful opposition to these movements. What are some of the global implications of these movements?

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